Senate
House
Joint
Bill Status
WV Code
Audits/ Reports
Educational
Contact
home
home

Today in the Legislature

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 01:59 PM

Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day at the Capitol
During the second regular session of the 80th West Virginia Legislature, a bill was passed to establish memorial days for certain military veterans, including veterans of the Vietnam Conflict.

House Bill 4493 states that “The Governor shall, by proclamation, declare March 30 as a special memorial day to be known as Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day honoring all West Virginians who served in the United States Armed Forces in the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning February 28, 1961 and ending May 7, 1975, and shall encourage all counties and municipalities in the state to do the same."

A ceremony on Capitol grounds this morning recognized all veterans of the Vietnam Conflict, those living, wounded, prisoners of war and those who have passed. Colors were posted by the Woodrow Wilson High School Color Guard and Samantha Dickerson-Sorroll sang the National Anthem. Invited speakers and veterans recalled the courage, strength and patriotism of those who served in the Vietnam Conflict.




Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 03:32 PM

Mine Safety Bill Signed
The Governor, Speaker of the House and several delegates met today in front of the Coal Miner Memorial for a signing ceremony regarding House Bill 4351, which will allow miners to submit anonymous tips about safety issues, require that ventilation plans be submitted, and allow families to be part of the interview process should another mining disaster occur among other things.

The bill, which was inspired by the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster that took the lives of 29 miners, aims to regulate mine safety, hopefully preventing such disasters from occurring again.



Friday, March 16, 2012 - 05:17 PM

House and Senate Convene, Complete Work of 1st Extraordinary Session
Following the completion of the 80th Regular Session, Legislators briefly reconvened in both bodies to begin working on the First Extraordinary Session.

The Legislature met and suspended the constitutional rules required to read a bill on three separate days to pass House Bill 101, which provides tax credit and required payment programs designed to enhance the prospects of restarting a large, manufacturing facility specifically targeting the reopening of Century Aluminum in Ravenswood, WV.

Lawmakers also passed Senate Bill 1002, which would make supplementary appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue, to Governor's Office, Civil Contingent Fund in response to recent flood and tornado damage.

Both the House and Senate adjourned the First Extraordinary Session Sine Die.

›› All bills introduced on this date
›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 02:30 PM

Regular Session Adjourns Sine Die, Passes Budget Bill
The House and Senate completed legislation on Budget Bill Conference Report for Senate Bill 160, which relates to the 2013 FY Budget. The bill, Senate Bill 160 outlines the $11.6 billion state spending plan for the upcoming budget year.



Both bodies made technical changes to five bills to address problems which caused the Governor to veto them. Among these five bills were: House Bill 2278, which would authorize the use of additional mediums for the use in archiving government records; House Bill 4279, which would permit municipalities to stagger the terms of elected officers; House Bill 4239, which would increase the membership of the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy; Senate Bill 371, which would provide school systems under declared state of emergency to participate as collaborative innovation zones; and Senate Bill 212, which would create criminal offenses for disrupting communications and public utility services.

The House and Senate are adjourned the 2012 Regular and Extended Budget Sessions Sine Die.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:05 PM

Budget Bill Conference Report Filed, Available Online
Today the House and Senate met briefly to file the conference committee reports with their respective clerks. The Budget Bill Conference Report for Senate Bill 160 is now available on the West Virginia Legislature's website.

The Senate has adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow morning and the House will reconvene at 12 p.m.



Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 05:35 PM

Conference Committee Completes Work on Budget Bill
Both the House and Senate met this afternoon to discuss Senate Bill 160.

The conference committee reported that they had completed work on the bill and that staff were working to prepare the bill for presentation tomorrow.

The Senate and House are adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.



Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 12:06 PM

House and Senate Continue Extended Budget Session
The House and Senate met today to continue the extended budget session in relation to Senate Bill 160.

The Conference Committee for Senate Bill 160 will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. in room 451M.


The House and Senate are adjourned until 5 p.m. tomorrow.



Monday, March 12, 2012 - 06:21 PM

West Virginia Legislature Begins Work on Budget Session
The House of Delegates and Senate each met briefly today to commence the extended budget floor session.

The Conference Committee for Senate Bill 160 will be held tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in room 451M.



Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:33 AM

Legislature Begins Extended Budget Session
Both bodies convened shortly after midnight to begin the 2012 extended budget session.

Budget conferees will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 451M.

The House will reconvene at 5 p.m. Monday and the Senate will reconvene at 6 p.m.














Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:32 AM

Regular Session Adjourns
Eight bills completed legislation in the last Senate meeting of the regular session. Another eight bills were passed. Among completed legislation is Senate Bill 211, related to texting, cell phone use and driving as well as Senate Bill 437, the Governor's substance abuse legislation.

Senate Resolution 61 recognized retiring Sen. Karen Facemyer and Senate Resolution 62 recognized retiring Sen. Dan Foster.

The regular session concluded at midnight and the extended budget session will begin Monday.

Senate budget conferees will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in 451M.

The Senate is adjourned until 6 p.m. Monday.

›› Completed Legislation

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:25 AM

House Adjourns Regular Session, Passes Texting and Substance Abuse Bills
The House completed bills before the adjournment at midnight. After several lengthy floor sessions, 12 bills completed legislation in this evening's last floor session of the 80th West Virginia Legislature's 2012 Regular Session.

Among bills completed on the final night were Senate Bill 437, which relates generally to substance abuse; Senate Bill 211, which will create traffic offenses for texting or using handheld wireless communication devices while driving; and House Bill 2740, which would make covenants that restrict the installation or use of solar energy systems unenforceable.

Bills passed during tonight's floor session also include: House Bill 4101, which would authorize teacher-in-residence programs for certain prospective teachers in lieu of student teaching; House Bill 2278, which would authorize the use of additional mediums for use in archiving government records; and House Bill 4053, which relates to abduction, kidnapping and human trafficking.

The House ended the Regular Session at midnight.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 09:38 PM

House Races to Meet 9 p.m. Conference Committee Deadline
Twelve more bills completed legislation when the House met once more for today's session. Among those completed, House Bill 4068 will value antique motor vehicles at their salvage value for the purposes of personal property tax, House Bill 4422 is in relation to crane operator certification, and House Bill 4601 will authorize the West Virginia National Guard to participate in a federal asset forfeiture or sharing program.

The three bills that passed the House were House Bill 4648, which would implement a domestic violence court pilot project, House Bill 4239, which would increase the membership of the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy, and Senate Bill 437, which relates to substance abuse.

Senate Bill 51, which would deny certain spousal support upon DNA evidence of adultery and House Bill 4053, which relates to abduction, kidnapping and human trafficking were among the nine bills sent to conference committees, whose reports must have been filed by 9 p.m.

The House is in recess until 10:30 p.m. today.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 05:26 PM

Senate Completes Legislative Action on Fourteen Bills
The Senate reconvened to take up House messages. The Senate concurred with the House on 14 bills, thus completing legislative action. One of the bills that completed is Senate Bill 55, which would extend the expiration date for certain diesel-powered motor vehicle idling restrictions.

The Senate refused to concur with the House on 13 bills and appointed conference committees to discuss the bills. One bill that was placed in a conference committee is Senate Bill 371, which would provide school system under declared state of emergency participate as innovation zone pilot project.

The following conference committees will meet today:
Senate Bill 371 6:00 p.m. - 451M
Senate Bill 418 7:45 p.m. - Rear of House Chamber
House Bill 4105 7:45 p.m. - 434M

The Senate is in recess until 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The Senate completed legislative action on 16 bills and passed 2 others. Among completed legislation is Senate Bill 615, which conforms the WV Water Pollution Control Act with the federal Clean Water Act and Senate Bill 661, which relates to data sharing among state education providers.

Conference committees are currently meeting to address Senate Bill 211, Senate Bill 212, Senate Bill 418, Senate Bill 501, Senate Bill 597; House Bill 2278, House Bill 4053 and House Bill 4396.

The Senate is in recess until 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The Senate reconvened to complete legislative action on five bills. These bills included House Bill 4522, Senate Bill 161, Senate Bill 477, Senate Bill 618, and Senate Bill 678.

The Senate is in recess until 10:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 04:34 PM

Last Day of Session Progresses with the Completion of 16 Bills
The House reconvened this afternoon to complete legislative action on several measures.

During the second session of the day, 16 bills were completed. Among these bills were Senate Bill 611, which will develope special community-based pilot demonstration projects to improve at-risk youth outcomes; Senate Bill 563, which would clarify Chief Technology Officer's responsibility prior to transfer or retirement of certain equipment; and House Bill 4605, which will provide a premarital education option to applicants for marriage licenses.

Seventeen bills were also read on third reading and passed with amendments during the second session. A sampling of these bills include: Senate Bill 611, which would establish DEP procedures for biological components compliance of narrative water quality standards; Senate Bill 603, which would establish entities for operation of morale, welfare and recreation military facilities; and Senate Bill 597, which would require installation of carbon monoxide detectors in certain facilities.

The House is in recess untill 7:30 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 01:32 PM

Senate Begins its Final Day of the Regular Session
The session began with retiring Senator John Pat Fanning presiding over the Senate floor.

Seventeen bills were read for a third time in the morning floor session with 14 completing legislative action. Among completed legislation is House Bill 3174, which relates to liquor and beer sampling events and House Bill 4072, which will eliminate the requirement for county boards of education to meet on the first Monday of July.

House Bill 2740 was moved from the Senate calendar to the Rules Committee calendar.

Retiring Senator Dan Foster took President Kessler’s position behind the podium to end the session.

The Conference Committee for HB4648 will meet at 2:30 p.m. in the rear of the House Chamber.

The Senate is in recess until 3 p.m. this afternoon.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 12:18 PM

House Begins Final Day of Regular Session
The last day of session began with the House of Delegates' intense focus on completing legislation as they only have until the stroke of midnight to pass bills. So far in today's session, 13 bills have completed legislation. A sampling of the bills completed were Senate Bill 336 which will eliminate the mortgage lender license exemption available to bank subsidiaries, Senate Bill 477 will restrict the possession of wild and exotic animals, and Senate Bill 547 which relates to criminal conviction expungement.

There were 25 bills that passed in the House and will now be referred to the Senate for consideration later today including senate Bill 149 which would relate to disposition of forfeited or abandoned firearms in state custody and Senate Bill 36 would relate to the disclosure of requirements for certain public construction contracts.

The House is in recess until 2 p.m. today.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 09, 2012 - 01:58 PM

Texting Bill Passes In House
During today's morning floor session, the House passed Senate Bill 211 which would make both talking and texting on a cell phone while operating a vehicle a primary offense. The bill has been communicated to the Senate for further consideration. In addition, Senate Bill 110, Senate Bill 408, Senate Bill 507, and Senate Bill 588 also passed on third reading.

There were 12 bills that completed legislation including Senate Bill 156 which would allow the Corrections Commissioner to use excess funds to offset operational costs, and Senate Bill 424 which would exempt certain barbers from continuing education requirements.

Of the bills advanced to third reading, Senate Bill 118 would terminate a resident's lease upon their death, and House Bill 353 is in relation to the possession of firearms.

The House is in recess until 2 p.m. today.

Update:

The House Budget Bill passed during the afternoon floor session in addition to six other bills that completed legislation. Among those was House Bill 4103, which would consolidate government services and the enforcement of laws pertaining to the motor carrier industry, House Bill 4433 would modify the criteria for awarding high school diplomas to certain veterans, and House Bill 4489 would strengthen the authority of the West Virginia Municipal Pensions Oversight Board.

A special presentation called "Ghosts of This House" was shown at the conclusion of today's session to pay tribute to the members of the House who are no longer with us.

The House is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 09, 2012 - 12:53 PM

Thirteen Bills Complete Legislative Action in Senate
In this morning’s floor session, the Senate took up House messages regarding the passage of several bills. The senate concurred with House amendments, thus completing legislative action on Senate Bill 202, Senate Bill 321, Senate Bill 331, Senate Bill 156, Senate Bill 362, Senate Bill 369, Senate Bill 373, Senate Bill 424, Senate Bill 436, Senate Bill 484, Senate Bill 579, Senate Bill 646 and Senate Bill 676. These bills will now go to the Governor for his consideration.

The Senate refused to concur with House amendments on Senate Bill 572, and asked the House to reconsider their amendments.

The Finance Committee reported House Bill 4263, and suspended constitutional rules to pass the bill. The bill would create the West Virginia Buy American Act.

Senate Resolution 58 was adopted, which memorialized Michael Thomas Barrett.

The Senate is in recess until 1 p.m.

UPDATE:The Senate reconvened this afternoon.

House Bill 2740, which would makes covenants that restrict the installation or use of solar energy systems unenforceable, was laid over one day on third reading.

Six bills completed legislation during today's afternoon session. A sampling of these bills include House Bill 4281, which will increase the supplemental pay of members of the West Virginia State Police, and House Bill 4256, which relates to captive insurance.

Additionally, 23 bills were read on third reading. Among these bills were House Bill 4522, which would provide additional contempt powers for family court judges, and House Bill 4522, which would require pulse oximetry testing for newborns.

The Senate read 14 bills for a second time. One is House Bill 4012, which would remove the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health from certain boards. The constitutional rules requiring that a bill be read on three seperate days were suspended for 13 bills.

These bills are House Bill 2278, House Bill 4028, House Bill 4046, House Bill 4062, House Bill 4068, House Bill 4118, House Bill 4245, House Bill 4260, House Bill 4310, House Bill 4451, House Bill 4511, House Bill 4634 and House Bill 4396. These bills will be sent back to the House for thier concurrence on Senate amendments.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 01:40 PM

Senate Completes Legislative Action on Nine Bills
During this afternoons floor session, nine bills completed legislative action during today’s floor session. Among those bills, is House Bill 4130, which would create the felony criminal offense of sale or purchase of a child. Senate Bill 186 also completed legislative action due to the Senate concurring with House amendments. The bill would provide salary equity supplement payments to teachers and service personnel.

Four additional bills were passed in the Senate today. One is Senate Bill 160 , which is the Budget Bill.

Twenty-nine bills were read for a second time and were advanced to third reading. One is House Bill 4327, which would require pulse oximetry testing for newborns.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 57, which congratulated Wayne County High School Career Technical Education programs.

The following committees will meet today:
Government Organization 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Education 2 p.m. - 451M
Finance 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary 3 p.m. - 208W

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

UPDATE:The Senate reconvened briefly this evening to receive committee reports.

House Bill 4119 was recalled from the House. The bill was passed by the Senate after an amendment was stricken and a new one was added and it will be referred to the House for concurrence.

House Bill 4486, which relates to the disclosure of insurance coverage, and House Bill 4482, relating to contribution rates to be paid by a participating public employer under the West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System were among the bills read a first time.

Finance 9:30 a.m. - 451M

The Senate has adjourned until 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 12:50 PM

Life of Former Governor, Hulett C. Smith, Honored in House
During today's morning floor session, the House adopted House Resolution 126 in celebration of the life and long career of West Virginia's 27th governor, Hulett C. Smith. Smith was born in Beckley, West Virginia and recently passed away at the age of 93 in his home in Arizona. Smith was active in banking, insurance, and the arts throughout the duration of his life and was also instrumental in establishing West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

A total of 11 bills completed legislation in the House. Among those was Senate Bill 204 , which relates to the removal of vehicles from the highway in an emergency situation, and Senate Bill 166 , which would make it a felony to disarm or attempt to disarm a correctional officer.

Six bills were reported from committee and read for the first time including Senate Bill 676 which would extend the grant funding application date for Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance projects, and Senate Bill 493 , which would exempt certain unmarked law-enforcement vehicles from sun-screening restrictions.

The House is in recess until 2 p.m. today.

The House met again this afternoon to advance 4 bills to third reading and continue bills on first reading. Bills being advanced to third reading include Senate Bill 408, which would make it a criminal offense to deface public and private property, and Senate Bill 211, which restricts texting while driving. The floor also adopted an amendment that would make both texting and talking on the phone while driving a primary offense.

Near the conclusion of today's afternoon session, House Clerk Greg Gray honored members who have served from between five to 25 years in the House of Delegates with pins. The Speaker also announced members who will not be returning to serve next year including Delegates Butcher, T. Campbell, Carmichael, Crosier, Doyle, Frazier, Givens, Hall, Mahan, MIchael, J. Miller, Rodighiero, Savilla, Sigler, Snuffer, and Varner.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 01:14 PM

Senate Honors Fanning
During the morning floor session, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 54 honored retiring Sen. John Pat Fanning (D- McDowell).

Two bills completed legislative action during the Senate floor session this morning. The Senate concurred with House amendments to complete legislative action on Senate Bill 191 , relating to personal safety orders. House Bill 4088 also completed legislative action and will repeal the West Virginia telecommunications tax.

Another 11 bills were passed, including House Bill 4338, which would raise the maximum value amount of an abandoned motor vehicle.

The Senate refused House amendments to House Bill 4339 and has requested that a it be referred to a conference committee.

Twelve bills were read for the second time. Among bills on second reading was House Bill 4130 , which would create a felony criminal offense of sale or purchase of a child.

Twenty bills were read for the first time and each advanced to second reading

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Judiciary 3 p.m. - 208W
Finance 3 p.m. - 451M
Labor 1 p.m. - 451M
Natural Resources 1 p.m. - 208W

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m. today.

UPDATE:The Senate met briefly this evening to receive committee reports.

Six bills were read for the first time after being reported out of committee. Among bills read for the first time was House Bill 4521,which would permit the restructuring of child support payments of an inmate who is released under certain circumstances.

Judiciary 9 a.m. - 208W

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 12:53 PM

House Completes Legislative Action On Eight Bills
Today in the House, Delegates adopted House Resolution 36. The resolution recognizes and welcomes the Turkish Delegation from the Zonguldak Chamber of Commerce and Business Association. Additionally, the House also adopted House Resolution 36 memoralizing the life of the honorable Frederick "Sonny" Peddicord III. Businessman and dedicated public servant, Peddicord served three terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates where he served on the Government Organization and Finance Committees and was Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee.

A total of four bills completed legislative action and nine bills were passed on third reading with amendments during the morning session. The four bills completed include: Senate Bill 185, which relates to Employee Suggestion Award Programs; Senate Bill 387, which would require training of floodplain managers; Senate Bill 430, which; would conform code provisions to Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement; and Senate Bill 571, which would authorize the Supreme Court to establish mental hygiene commissioners' compensation.

A sampling of bills passed on third reading include: Senate Bill 362, which would authorize bond issuance for Cacapon Resort State Park and Beech Fork State Park capital, and Senate Bill 186, which would provide salary equity supplement payments to teachers and service personnel.

Twenty six bills were also read on second reading during today's floor session. Senate Bill 156 would allow Corrections Commissioners to use excess funds to offset operational costs. Senate Bill 202 would permit Division of Forestry to enter into stewardship contracts with U.S. Forest Service.

Five bills were read on first reading. Senate Bill 571 relates to Broadband Deployment Council, and Senate Bill 110, Senate Bill 211 would create traffic offenses for texting or using handheld wireless communication devices while driving.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 1:30 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 1:30 p.m.- 410M
Education- 2:30 p.m.- 434M

The House is in recess until 5:00 p.m. this evening.
Update:The House briefly met this afternoon following a recess in order to take up committee reports.

The House concurred on several Senate amendments and completed legislation on the following bills: House Bill 4654, which relates to the provision of mailing services by the CPRB to certain retiree organizations; House Bill 4530, which authorizes PSC to consider and issue a financing order to certain regulated electic utilities; House Bill 4345, which prohibits the unauthorized sale of railroad scrap metal; and House Bill 4338, which will raise the maximum value amount of an abandoned motor vehicle.

The following committees will meet immediately following the conclusion of the evening floor session:
Judiciary Committee - 410M
Finance - 460M

The following meetings will be held tomorrow morning:
Education - 9 a.m. - 434M

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 06:08 PM

Mine Safety Bill Completes Legislative Action in the House
During this evening floor session, the House completed legislative action on House Bill 4351, which will allow miners to submit anonymous tips about safety issues, require that ventilation plans be submitted, and allow families to be part of the interview process should another mining disaster occur among other things.

The bill passed unanimously after the House concurred with Senate amendments to the bill. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 01:36 PM

House Honors Long Time Sergeant-at-Arms, Oce Smith Jr.
The House honored long time Sergeant-at-arms Oce W. Smith Jr. today during floor session. House Resolution 36 paid tribute to the long and colorful career of Smith, who has served as the 43rd Sergeant-at-Arms for over 40 years. Upon receiving the resolution, Smith was also presented with a third Distinguished West Virginian Award, along with a distinguished Legislative pin and medal. Smith's colorful character and love of recounting the thousands of stories that make up the fabric of his life will truly be missed at the Capitol.

Additionally, the House completed legislation on Senate Bill 365, which will increase membership of the PEIA Fianance Board. The House also passed Senate Bill 191 on third reading. This particular bill relates to personal safety orders.

A total of 13 bills were read on second reading. Senate Bill 186, which will provide salary equity supplement payments to teachers and service personnel and Senate Bill 191, which relates to Employee Suggestion Award Programs, were among bills read on second reading.

Twenty five bills were also read on first reading. Senate Bill 215, which would specify unobligated moneys in Industrial Access Road Fund revert to State Road Fund, and Senate Bill 204, which relates to removal of vehicles from highways in emergency situations, were among bills read on first reading.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 2 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 2:30 p.m.- 410M
Education- 3:30 p.m.- 434M
Constitutional Revision Public hearing regarding Senate Joint Resolution 9 following the afternoon floor session.

The House is in recess until 5:30 this evening.

Update:

The House briefly met this afternoon following a recess in order to receive committee reports.

The House concurred on several Senate amendments and completed legislation on the following bills: House Bill 4001, which authorizes boards to establish fees by legislative rule, and House Bill 4351, which relates to mine safety.

The following committees will meet immediately following the conclusion of the evening floor session:
Judiciary Committee - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 215E
Constitutional Revision Public hearing regarding Senate Joint Resolution 9 also will follow the afternoon floor session in the House Chamber.

The following meetings will be held tomorrow morning:
Judiciary 9 a.m. - 410M
Finance 9:30 a.m. - 460M


The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Eight Bills Complete Legislative Action in Senate
Eight bills completed legislative action during the Senate floor session this morning. Bills completing legislative action include: House Bill 2521, which would eliminate the requirement of serving domestic violence orders by certified mail; House Bill 4126, which would authorize legislative rules for the Higher Education Policy Commission and Council for Community and Technical College Education; and House Bill 4330, which would provide that drivers licenses may contain information designating the licensee as a person who is an honorably discharged veteran.

Another 10 bills were passed this morning, including House Bill 4351, the Governor’s mine safety legislation.

A message was communicated to the Senate from the House requesting that House Bill 4236, relating to exclusions from the definition of professional personnel for evaluation purposes, be referred to a conference committee.

Thirteen bills were read for the second time. House Bill 4260, relating to insurance coverage for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, was laid over for one day and retains it position on second reading.

Nine bills were on first reading today. Bills advanced to second reading are House Bill 4015, House Bill 4063, House Bill 4130, House Bill 4307, House Bill 4332, House Bill 4376, House Bill 4403, House Bill 4489 and House Bill 4567.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Health and Human Resources 1 p.m. - 451M
Military 1 p.m. - Government Organization Conference Room
Education 2 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary 3 p.m. - 208W
Finance 3 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Judiciary 9 a.m. - 208W
Confirmations 9:30 a.m. - President's Conference Room

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m. today.

UPDATE: The Senate met briefly this evening to receive committee reports.

Four bills were read for the first time. Bills read for the first time include: House Bill 4433, House Bill 4475, House Bill 4601 and House Bill 4634.

Transportation and Infrastructure 10 a.m. - President's Conference Room.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, March 05, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Senate Passes Performance Evaluation Bill
The Senate suspended the constitutional rule requiring that a bill read three separate days to pass House Bill 4236. The bill would establish a new system of performance evaluations of professional personnel.

Eighteen bills were read for the second time today and each was advanced to second reading. Bills read for the second time include: House Bill 4351, relating generally to mine safety; House Bill 2521, which would eliminate the requirement of serving domestic violence orders by certified mail; and House Bill 4330, which would provide that drivers licenses may contain information designating the licensee as a person who is an honorably discharged veteran.

Ten bills were read for the first time and advanced to second reading. Among these bills, House Bill 4345, would prohibit the unauthorized sale of railroad scrap metal.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Pensions 2 p.m. - 208W
Judiciary 3 p.m. - 208W
Finance 3 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Transportation and Infrastructure 10 a.m. - 451M
Government Organization 10 a.m. - 208W
Economic Development 9 a.m. - 451M

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m. today.

UPDATE: The Senate met briefly this evening to receive committee reports.

Two bills originating in the Senate Finance Committee were reported and read for a first time: Senate Bill 677 and Senate Bill 678. Both of these bills make supplementary appropriations of state funds to various organizations.

An additional four bills were read a first time and advanced to second reading. Among them is House Bill 4068, which would provide that antique motor vehicles be valued at their salvage value for personal property tax purposes.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Monday, March 05, 2012 - 12:32 PM

House Honors Former Delegate, Larry Willis Border
White coats were prevalent at the Capitol today in honor of Pharamcy Day at the Legislature. The House additionally took a moment to adopt House Resolution 35, which honors and celebrates the life and laments the death of Larry Willis Border. Border was a pharmacist, farmer, developer, beloved husband, grandfather and former member of the House of Delegates. His wife, Delegate Anna Border, accepted the resolution on his behalf.

The House concurred with Senate Amendments and completed legislative action on House Bill 4583, which changes certain deadlines associated with the termination, resignation and transfer of school personnel. Additionally, Senate Bill 214, which clarifies sunrise review requirements for establishment, revision or expansion of professional scope of practice and Senate Bill 382, which relates to sex offender registration, also completed legislation.

One bill, Senate Bill 365, was read on second reading and advanced to third. This particular bill would increase the membership of the PEIA Finance Board.

Twelve bill were read on first reading today. Senate Bill 410, which would require backup withholding for certain gambling prizes, and Senate Bill 430, which would conform code provisions to Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreements were among the bills read on first reading.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 1:30 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 1:15 p.m.- 410M
Education- 2:30 p.m.- 434M
Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business- 12:00 p.m.- 460M
Health and Human Resource- 4:00 p.m.- 215E

The House is in recess until 6 p.m.

Update:

The House briefly met this afternoon following a recess in order to receive committee reports.

The following meetings will be held tomorrow morning:
Judiciary 9 a.m. - 410M
Finance 9:30 a.m. - 460M

Constitutional Revision Public hearing regarding Senate Joint Resolution 9 following the evening floor session tomorrow.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 02, 2012 - 01:06 PM

Senate Recognizes Douglass
The Senate adopted several resolutions during today’s floor session. House Resolution 48 recognized Mesolthelioma Awareness Day at the Legislature. House Resolution 49 recognized one of the state’s oldest institutions, West Liberty University. House Resolution 50 recognized Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass for his service to the state.

Nineteen bills were read for the first time and advanced to second reading. Among these bills is House Bill 2521, which would eliminate the requirement of serving domestic violence orders by certified mail as well as House Bill 4126, which would authorize legislative rules for the Higher Education Policy Commission and Council for Community and Technical College Education.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary 1 p.m. - 208 W

The following committees will meet Monday morning:
Transportation and Infrastructure 9:30 a.m. - 208W

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. Monday.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 02, 2012 - 12:44 PM

Three House Bills Complete Legislation
Five bills were read on third reading, three of which have completed legislative action and now head to the Governor for approval. Senate Bill 385, which expands the definition of "computer" in commission of certain crimes, Senate Bill 429, which relates to motor vehicle classifications, and Senate Bill 434, which involves providing suggestion and suggestee execution containing certain information were among the bills completing legislation.

A total of four bills were read on second reading during today's floor session. Senate Bill 191, which relates to personal safety orders, and Senate Bill 382, which relates to sex offender registration, were among the bills read on second reading.

Banking and Insurance will meet immediately following the floor session in 215E.
Political Subdivisions will meet after Banking and Insurance in 215E

The following meeting will be held Monday morning:
Finance- 9:30 a.m. - 460M

The House is adjourned until Monday morning at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date
›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 12:52 PM

Retiring House Doorman John A. Roberts Honored in Session
The House opened today's floor session with House Resolution 34, which honored and paid tribute to the House of Delegates Doorkeeper John A. Roberts. The resolution was given upon notice he will retire upon the conclusion of session this year. Roberts became an employee of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1982, where he was assigned to the House Documents Room. He later became an Assistant Doorkeeper and was elected as Chief Doorkeeper of the House on February 7, 1996. He has been reelected to that position for eight successive terms.

Additionally, House Resolution 26 was adopted and established to designated March 1 as Crime Victims Day.

Five bills, including Senate Bill 100, which relates to fees collected by circuit court clerks, and Senate Bill 429, which relates to motor vehicle classifications, were read and advanced to third reading.

Four bills, including Senate Bill 437, which would conform election complaint procedure statutes to federal code, and Senate Bill 214, which involves clarifying sunrise review requirements for established, revision or expansion of professional scope of practice, were on first reading and advanced.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Energy, Industry, Labor/ Economic Development and Small Business- 1 p.m.- 460M
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m.- 215E
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m.- 215E

The House is in recess until 5:30 p.m. today.

Update:

The House briefly met this afternoon following a recess in order to receive committee reports.

The following meetings will be held tomorrow morning:
Judiciary 9 a.m. - 401M
Government Organization 9 a.m. - 215E
Education 9 a.m. - 434MW
Finance 9:30 a.m. - 460M

The House is adjourned untill 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 12:39 PM

House Bill 4037 Completes Legislation
The Senate completed legislative action on House Bill 4037 during the afternoon floor session. The bill relates to the professional and occupational licensure and registration of former and current members of the armed forces of the United States.

House Bill 4583 was passed today by the Senate. The bill would change certain deadlines associated with the termination, resignation and transfer of school personnel and rehiring of probationary employees.

House Bill 4351 was read for the first time today. The bill would create a comprehensive plan to address coal mine safety.
The following committees will meet today:
Education 2 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance 2 p.m. - 208W
Finance 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary 3 p.m. - 208 W
Health and Human Resources 4 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Economic Development 9 a.m. - 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure 10 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary 9 a.m. - 208 W

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation


Contact
Today in the Legislature is a daily synopsis of legislative activities maintained by the West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.



Subscribe
RSS Feed RSS FEED

Add to My AOL

Add to My Yahoo!

Add to Google



Recent Entries
Monday, 12/22/14 - 03:18 PM
›› Senator Ed Gaunch Takes Oath of Office in Ceremony
Monday, 12/22/14 - 10:59 AM
›› Delegate Joe Statler Sworn in on Sunday
Thursday, 12/18/14 - 11:59 AM
›› Harrison County Delegate Takes Oath Of Office
Wednesday, 12/17/14 - 04:04 PM
›› Senator Mullins Sworn Into Office
Monday, 12/15/14 - 05:49 PM
›› Six Lawmakers Take Oath of Office



Archive
Back to Main
2014 - 117
     December (14)
     June (1)
     May (3)
     March (21)
     February (41)
     January (37)
2013 - 117
2012 - 113
2011 - 150
2010 - 178
2009 - 213
2008 - 174




This Web site is maintained by the West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.  |  Terms of Use  |   Web Administrator   |   © 2014 West Virginia Legislature **